Faithful Like Tychicus


At the end of Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus (Book of Ephesians) he mentions a guy by the name of Tychicus (pronounced tyi-keh-cuss).

“So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.” Eph 6:20-21

Paul’s mention of Tychicus is brief and we only hear about this “beloved brother” three other times in the New Testament. He’s not a big deal, really. Just the guy Paul picked to do the small task of delivering Paul’s letter.

But here’s the funny thing. Tychicus had a hand in changing the world.

How? For that, we’ll go back to Paul’s letter. Tychicus was given a small but important task by Paul – deliver a letter to the church at Ephesus. Today, almost two-thousand years later, we refer to that letter as the Book of Ephesians.

Paul, who had just completed the big task of writing the Book of Ephesians, entrusted Tychicus with the small task of delivering it. And Tychicus followed through. He was faithful with the small thing God gave him through Paul, which turned out to be a big thing after all.


One of the saddest things in the church is when someone believes they were given a small and inconsequential task by God for His kingdom. That they’re “just” doing something small while other people “get to” do something big.

They just mow their elderly neighbor’s lawn while a big ministry gets to build school houses in Haiti. They just serve coffee in the mornings at a small church while others serve huge luncheons at bigger, more “important”, churches.

They just disciple one person while a pastor gets to disciple hundreds. They just talk about Jesus to one person while a missionary gets to evangelize thousands.

They “just” do something small for the kingdom of God. But is that really true? Is there ever something small to be done when it comes to building the kingdom?

I don’t think so.

We should never believe that we “just” do something small for God’s kingdom. Tychicus “just” did something small and look what happened! Do you think he knew that the letter he was carrying would someday become part of the Bible?

That someday the French reformer John Calvin would call it his favorite book? That someday the Scottish preacher John Knox would have it read to him on his deathbed? That someday 2,000 years later, millions of people across the world would still be reading it, and that it would be changing their lives forever?

God’s economy works differently than ours. What we see as small things God sees as big things. And when we are faithful in the small things God is good to use them as the big things He intended them to be.

Remember, we never “just” do something small for the kingdom. Whenever we’re faithful with what God gives us, we are doing something big.

We just might not be able to see it yet.